About 100 immigrants to become citizens at Pierce County ceremony

Tacoma News TribuneSeptember 9, 2013 

About 100 immigrants will become U.S. citizens Sept. 21 during Pierce County's third annual citizenship celebration.

The new citizens will be sworn in by Linda Dougherty, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field office director.

The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Sept. 21 at the Mount Tahoma High School auditorium, 4634 S. 74th St., Tacoma.

The ceremony date coincides with Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, which are observed on Sept. 17. This national holiday commemorates the signing of the Constitution and recognizes "all who, by naturalization, have become citizens."

The event is open to the public. Including family members and supporters, about 500 people are expected to attend.

Since the 1940s, Pierce County residents  traveled to Seattle for their formal citizenship ceremony.

Three years ago, the Pierce County Auditor's Office led a group wanting to have the ceremony close to home.

"Pierce County is proud of each and every immigrant and refugee who makes the tremendous effort to complete the naturalization process," County Auditor Julie Anderson said. "We embrace these new citizens and voters and want to honor them right here in Pierce County."




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